The Marlins plan to select an outfielder Peyton Burdick Craig Misch of SportsGrid reports that he has made the major league roster ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s contest against the Cubs (Twitter Links). Outfielder Jesus Sanchez Misch added that he would be optioned to Triple-A Jacksonville in the same transaction. Miami will need to create a vacancy on the 40-man roster tomorrow.
Burdick was a third-round pick of the Marlins in 2019 out of Wright State University. The right-handed hitter draws at least a plus (60 on a 20-80 scale) from reviews for his durability and raw power, though that’s coupled with a decent amount of swing-and-miss. There’s no question he’s accomplished once he’s turned pro, though, as Burdick has hit at an above-average rate in every minor league stop.
He tore up Low-A to close out his draft year, then pitched to Double-A in 2021 on the 2020 minor league waiver. He hit 23 homers there to end the season in Jacksonville, where he spent the entire 2022 campaign. Burdick, Man Baseball America Recently named the #8 prospect in Miami’s farm system, he has a .229/.344/.430 line with 14 homers in 385 plate appearances with Jumbo Shrimp. He’s hitting at a slightly higher 25.7% clip, but he’s hitting for power and walking enough (13%) to make up for his relatively low batting average.
Burdick played all three outfield positions in Jacksonville, coming in most of his time (328 innings) in center field. BA suggests that his average speed makes him a cleaner corner at the MBB level, and Sanchez’s relative decline will open up playing time in left field for Burdick. Miami placed a right fielder Avisail Garcia In the injured list yesterday, he left that corner mainly to Bryan Cruz With a slow start JJ Bleday Manning Center Field.
Manager Don Mattingly continues to run for Sanchez in left field, but his recent results have been subpar. Former top prospect Sanchez, 24, seems to be starting to do well at that level early in the season. At the end of April, he carried a .282/.346/.493 line in 78 plate appearances. That came with impressive strikeout and walk numbers that hinted at a turnaround to come, but one would have been hard-pressed to envision the left-handed hitting outfielder’s performance as a solid slump.
Since the calendar flipped to May, Sanchez is hitting just .181/.247/.354. He’s struggled with a woeful .206 batting average on balls during that stretch in the playoffs, but he’s getting happier — especially with ground balls. Opposing teams responded by switching with Sanchez on all of his outings, and he couldn’t find his footing. Last month, he has a .176/.291/.279 line in 79 plate appearances.
Marlins general manager Kim Ng and her staff have decided that Sanchez will try to make a fresh start in Triple-A. It will be his first minor league game of the season. If a minor spends more than 20 days, it exhausts the third and final option year. That means the Fish will have to permanently move him to the active roster (or injured list) if they don’t want to designate him for assignment and offer him to other teams beginning in the 2023 season.